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Cafe Momentum on The Rachael Ray Show

A couple Sundays ago, I attended Cafe Momentum’s pop up brunch at Knife. When I walked in the door, I saw cameras everywhere. I gave Chad Houser, Executive Director at Cafe Momentum a quizzical look, and he explained it was for a taping of The Rachael Ray Show. At the beginning of the meal, we were informed of the taping and we all gave consent for us to be on television.

Last week, the day after Houser turned 39, the crew taped the show in New York. Houser talked about the restaurant and classroom space Cafe Momentum is opening in December. The segment is titled “Meet a Chef Who Is Using Food to Change Lives.” It will air at 10 a.m. on October 30.

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Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs

Today’s edition of Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs includes sad bar news, how to spell doughnut, and insight into the next hipster Asian food trend.

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Sneak Peek: John Tesar Shows Us a Glimpse of Knife

Chef John Tesar is back at it again. His much celebrated restaurant, Spoon, is no longer an only child. He is coming at this ravenous city with something almost unheard of in Dallas: steak. I jest, but this particular fine dining steakhouse, which opens May 15 in Central 214’s old spot, will set itself apart not only with the wild Chef’s personal flair for madcap exuberance, but by its selection of rare and alternative prime cuts. As Tesar told the crowd of media that attended a preview of Knife’s facility last night, “Where Spoon is more intimate, Knife is social.” Here are the essentials you need to know.

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Forget the Mambo Taxi, Here’s the Only Drink Conan O’ Brien Should Have in Dallas

So no offense to Angie Harmon, but the Mambo Taxi no longer reigns as the best frozen margarita in Dallas. She has been in Hollywood La-La-Land for too long. The late-night talk show host already visited Al Biernat’s on Saturday night, but if he leaves without drinking one of Pakpao’s Chula-rita Swirls, he’s in for big cryfest upon his return Los Angeles.

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Win a Chance to Brunch With S.E. Hinton on April 27

Big D Reads, D Magazine’s literacy movement, kicked off this morning with a huge bang. Volunteers handed out 3,000 copies of The Outsiders around the entire city. It’s a big goal for us to make Dallas a city of readers, but Big D Reads is giving away 20,000 copies and creating events around the book to get people excited. (Think movie screenings, book discussions, and a visit from the author.) Interested? We have a whole calendar.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Crash Franklin Barbecue in Austin

This weekend, Austin had a lot going for it: sunny, 60-degree weather, special beef ribs made by Franklin’s Barbecue, and a surprise visit to Austin’s favorite meat joint by Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo. My first trip to Franklin’s this past Saturday was topped by a sighting of the talk show duo, who rolled up in a longhorn-studded convertible. They greeted everyone in line, walked inside, and chowed down on barbecue.

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The Loon Must Move to a New Location in Dallas

According to a loyal Disher with a bod for booze and a brain for scoopage, The Loon, one of the most revered bars in Dallas, is looking for a new location. Why? The land the building sits on was sold to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy. A cursory Google search shows there are already 935 CVS locations in Dallas. Do we really need another?

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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Flavor! Napa Valley Next Year

Let’s be real, now. There’s no better place for a serious getaway trip than Wine Country. Napa may be a small, touristy town, but it’s one of those rare parts of the world where time stops and people start aging backwards. I’m quite serious. The trees and leaves turn orange-yellow-red when it’s fall, there’s a […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Q&A with Beer Expert Stephen Beaumont

On his recent visit to Dallas, Stephen Beaumont, world-renowned author, prolific demon slayer, Jamaican dance champion, and all-around cool dude stopped in to chat about his latest venture, The Pocket Beer Guide: The Essential Handbook to the Very Best Beers in the World. It’s a catalog and travel companion outlining beers, breweries, and ratings from around […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Lark on the Park’s Beer-Pairing Dinner with Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver

My heart’s been palpitating at around 160 knots ever since Wednesday evening’s Pairdiné beer dinner at Lark on the Park. The reason: Velvety voiced, wildly charismatic Garrett Oliver shared his beers and his wisdom with an entire crowd of beerthusiasts. Garrett is somewhat of the ultimate authority on pairing beer and food, and he has […]

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Fast N’ Loud Star Richard Rawlings Opens Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill

You know Richard Rawlings. He’s the guy who hosts that bad@$$ car show, Fast N’ Loud, on the Discovery Channel. He’s the guy who once wore a teeny tiny G-string and called it the photo from “internet hell” when Tim Rogers interviewed him for our September issue. Tats, a tan, and skull rings—you name it, […]

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Wine Poste Features Dallas Top Chef Competitor Tiffany Derry and Fine Wines

When they aren’t pairing cheese with your wine, Wine Poste features special guest chefs who prepare enough food to give you the excuse to keep drinking. At the second monthly dinner, Top Chef “fan favorite” and Dallas resident Tiffany Derry prepared a five-course meal, paired with wines carefully selected by James Jordan, Wine Poste general […]

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Dallas Does Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

We dispatched Brad Murano, otherwise known as The Brad as in The Brad’s Adventures in Food, to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this weekend. He files a photo essay of the glamorous event. The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen isn’t just about the chef demonstrations, informative seminars, and massive Grand Tastings, it’s about parties. […]

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Nancy Nichols Gets Super-Pied, Raises $750 at 100 Best Restaurants Party

Last night’s 100 Best Restaurants party couldn’t have been more perfect. So many underrated restaurants (like Mr. Wok Asian Bistro in Plano) came out of their ‘burby shells and celebrated the release of our June issue, 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas, with us. It’s on newsstands today. Go get yourself a copy. A huge shout-out […]

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What To Drink Now: Blue Chair Bay Rum with Kenny Chesney

This weekend was ideal for country music and spirits lovers as the Kenny Chesney 2013 No Shoes Nation concert Saturday night also featured the launch of his new rum inspired by sitting in the sunshine in the Caribbean islands sipping rum without anywhere to go or anything to do.  After much thought and research he […]

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